Spelling and Vocabulary Lessons

Spelling Lessons

Spelling in English is challenging! This is due to a combination of historical factors and linguistic influences. More specifically, English "borrowed" many of its words from a number of languages, including Latin, French, and German, which resulted in highly inconsistent spelling patterns. Additionally, English underwent significant changes in pronunciation over time, while its spelling rules remained relatively unchanged. As a consequence, many English words are spelled differently from how they are pronounced, making it difficult for both native speakers and learners.
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Don't worry though. There are rules and patterns that cover the majority of words. Once you have learned those, it is just a case of learning the exceptions. Here is a list of our lessons related to spelling. These lessons were written for teachers, but they are also suitable for advanced self-help students.

Vocabulary Lessons

Using categories to learn words is an efficient approach to boosting vocabulary. Using categories gives structure to the learning process and means words are learned in context. If you struggle to remember words, here are some techniques to help:

Vocabulary Tests and Games

Vocabulary for Beginners

Here are some videos related to vocabulary.
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Flowers (Vocabulary)

Learn the different flowers in English
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Fruit (Vocabulary)

Learn the different fruits in English
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Furniture (Vocabulary)

Learn the different types of furniture in English
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Places in Town (Vocabulary)

Learn the different places in town in English
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Shapes (Vocabulary)

Learn the different shapes in English
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Vegetables (Vocabulary)

Learn the different vegetables in English
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Top 100 English Verbs

This is a 9-minute video listing the top 100 verbs in English. It covers action verbs, stative verbs, regular and irregular verbs, and auxiliary verbs. It is for advanced students or teachers.
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Verb 'To Be'

This is a detailed, 21-minute video on the verb "to be" for advanced students or teachers. It covers all the forms of the verb "to be" as main verbs and auxiliary verbs.
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Here are all of grammar-related videos.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.